Bukhari, Syeda Nayab - Mapping the Terrain: South Asians and Ethnic Media in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia...

This thesis has been submitted to the Library for purposes of graduation, but needs to be audited for technical details related to publication in order to be approved for inclusion in the Library collection.
Publication of this thesis has been postponed at the author's request until 2018-06-29.
Term: 
Summer 2017
Degree: 
Ph.D.
Degree type: 
Thesis
Department: 
Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Faculty: 
Arts & Social Sciences
Senior supervisor: 
Habiba Zaman
Publishing Documentation
Postponement release date: 
Fri, 2018-06-29
Thesis title: 
Mapping the Terrain: South Asians and Ethnic Media in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia
Given Names: 
Syeda Nayab
Surname: 
Bukhari
Abstract: 
Using antiracist and feminist theories and critical media approaches, this qualitative study analyzes the role (including associated contributions, challenges, and opportunities) South Asian ethnic media plays in the lived experiences of South Asian immigrants in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2013, South Asian communities constituted 11% of the total population of Metro Vancouver. Currently, several newspapers, magazines, television (TV) shows, and 24/7 radio stations serving audiences in Metro Vancouver are produced and/or broadcasted in various South Asian languages, including Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu. This dissertation deals with South Asian ethnic media and its potential to create space for dialogue among immigrant communities, including opportunities for these communities to understand and debate their rights and responsibilities in their host country. Current ethnic media-making (including various formats, technologies, approaches, languages, and socio-political-religious orientations) was also explored and analyzed. The findings of this study suggest that ethnic media has the potential to create space for dialogue among immigrant communities, particularly in Canada. The majority of the participants expressed their dissatisfaction with the portrayal of South Asian communities and their cultures in the mainstream media, criticizing the lack of representation and negative stereotyping of their communities. This dissertation reveals that ethnic media is emerging as a socio-culturally and politically significant space for its audiences. Ethnic media sources are providing information and knowledge about immigration, settlement, integration, and everyday life challenges in simplified ways. South Asian ethnic radio seems to be the most popular, accessible and efficient medium, meeting the information, news, and entertainment needs of its audiences. Educated, skilled, and multilingual ethnic media practitioners use their platform to bridge the gap between the mainstream media, policymakers, and society vis-à-vis immigrant communities. This study reveals that ethnic media play a significant role in the lived experiences of South Asian immigrant communities in Metro Vancouver by opening space and opportunity for communication and social inclusion.
Keywords: 
Ethnic Media; South Asians; Racialized Immigrants; Mainstream Media; Metro Vancouver
Total pages: 
355